Most feminist Muslims in Indonesia argue that there is a place for reconciliation between Islam and feminism. For them, being religious and being feminist at the same time is possible, although the process of harmonization involves negotiations and differing opinions. Moderate feminists who use the maximizer theory believe that there are differences between men and women, in which both sides should complement each other. Other feminists, who adopt the minimizer theory, argue that the rights and responsibilities of each can be negotiated in mutual agreement. This talk will explore these different discourses on Muslim feminism in Indonesia.
Alimatul Qibtiyah is an Associate Professor at the Da’wah and Communication Faculty and the Director of the Center for Women’s Studies (2013-2015) at the Islamic State University (UIN) Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta. She is a member of the national leadership of the Muhammadiyah’s women’s wing Aisyiyah. She obtained her PhD from the University of Western Sydney in 2013 with a dissertation on Muslim gender issues.
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